Friday, 18 January 2013

Quick and Easy Chili

Just made this for supper and thought I would share.

This recipe originated from my Mother-in-law but has been shaped and changed by me and hubby through the last five years. We have added things but the basic ingredients remain.

Hubby isn't a big fan of big beans so this recipe uses lentils and navy beans but you can use pretty much anything you like.

Also, I know that you can buy beans packed in molasses or other things, but we normally just use the plain ones packed in water. I find it much easier to just use the beans from a can, though I do have a giant bag of beans that I picked up with the intention of using. It is just so easy to dump a can of beans in rather than having to soak and boil them before hand. ( Also I did actually try to cook lentils beforehand to use in my chili and they turned out horribly. It just ended up being a giant sloppy pot of nasty, so my opinion, stick to the can)

Quick and Easy Chili

1 lb ground beef
Finely Chopped Onion (as much as you like)
Chopped Bell Pepper
1 can Tomato Soup
1  can of tomato sauce (7 oz can)
1 can of diced Tomatoes, do not drain
1 can beans of your choice, drained
1 can lentils ( I never use the full can), drained
1 can of mushrooms (optional)
onion powder
chili powder
cayenne pepper

Brown beef. Add onion and bell pepper.
Stir in Tomato soup, sauce, and diced tomato. Add beans, lentils, and mushrooms.
Season to taste with onion powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
Serve with buns or over rice.

Special Notes:
1. We love Aylmers fire roasted diced tomatoes. They add a wonderful flavor to the chili.

2. I on occasion add really shredded carrot to the chili to add a little extra veggies to it, it is undetectable.

*3. Tonight while enjoying our chili, Hubby delved into a bag of sea salt and lime tortilla chips. They were such an amazing complement to the chili it was unbelievable. I actually skipped eating the chili with my rice (which I normally really enjoy), and just ate the whole bowl like it was salsa on those tortilla chips.  (totally decreases the health value of this meal but seriously it was delicious) *

A warning before you view the pictures....chili is not the most attractive looking food. But don't let the looks fool you, this stuff is delicious. 

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